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Burbage Primary School Gains School Games Award

School-Games-logo-silverBurbage Primary School has been awarded a Silver Award from the Sainsbury’s School Games.  This award scheme is aimed at acknowledging the work of individual schools in the promotion of PE and Sport.  The award takes in to consideration the amount of PE that is taught within the curriculum, the amount of extra-curricular sport that is offered and taken up by the pupils and the amount of competitive sporting opportunities that are offered to the pupils during the year. It also promotes leadership for young people in sport.

This is the first time the school has applied for the award and are “over the moon” to be awarded at Silver.

Gold Standard – here we come!


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Fairfield Students Share Vision for Community Garden

Sue-Mountstevens-adjSTUDENTS at Fairfield High School have shared their vision for a community garden with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

The secondary school was awarded a £9,500 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a little-used grassed space for the benefit of students and people living in the neighbourhood.

The idea is that by working together to grow organic fruit and vegetables families will gain health benefits as well as feeling more of a sense of belonging. The area surrounding the school includes many properties that don’t have gardens and many of the people living there are from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Ms Mountstevens visited FHS, which has a strong reputation for building community cohesion, on Friday (June 24) and spoke to members of the school’s Nature Club about their plans to involve parents and members of the wider community, including residents with gardening expertise.

Science teacher Scott Mears said the project was an excellent opportunity to bring together people of varying ages and cultures.

The students intend the garden to have braille signage, wheelchair friendly paths and installations for the hearing impaired such as particular plants to heighten the senses, so that it will be accessible to all.

“Our students are very enthusiastic about the community garden and have some great ideas about what they can plant. Eventually, they intend to cook the veg they have grown,” he said.

Head of School Nick Lewis added: “We were delighted to have the chance to show Ms Mountstevens the many potential benefits of this project in our inner-city neighbourhood.

“We have some fantastic volunteers coming forward from the community but would love to hear from any gardening or cookery experts or groups who might be able to help us develop this further.”

Ms Mounstevens also took time to discuss with a group of Year 9 students in great detail about their view of the police, the profession in general and what the future holds.

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St John’s Events Friday 1 July 2016

St John's Marlborough logoThis Friday, 1 July, is a busy day at St John’s Marlborough, and we’d like to invite the press to join us for Sports Day and for the Year 11 Prom.

The annual Sports Day, scheduled to take place all day, unless the weather lets us down, in which case it will be postponed until Monday 18 July. Press are invited to attend throughout the day. Please sign in at reception before making your way to the sports field.
The Year 11 Prom at St John’s starts at 19:00hrs and will end after a firework display at 22:00hrs. The traditional arrival of students, many of them in unusual and distinctive vehicles, is from 6:30pm, and will alight from the vehicles in the upper car park before heading to the Theatre. Press are invited to attend the vehicle arrival from 6:30pm.
If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please contact Kate Hunter.
Mrs Kate Hunter
Development Officer, IB, DofE & AEN Administrator, Gold DofE Coordinator
St John’s
Granham Hill
01672 519575

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